School of Social Work

Field Education the critical bridge between social work education & practice

The School is ready to begin enrolling students in Field Practicum.

It is vital that students enroll in the proper section of field practicum.

 All students with the exception of students receiving the NCWWI traineeships must enroll in the appropriate section being instructed by Ile Haggins, Amy Simmons and Sydney Morgan.  (Either class #42501 or 42506, depending on your level).

 Students who enroll in the wrong course will be asked to transfer to the proper section or be administratively removed.

Foundation Practicum

Student enrolling in their first Practicum course must enroll in:

Soc-Wk 5510 - Foundation Field Practicum I 0002-FLD (42501)

Concentration Practicum

All students who have completed Soc-Wk 5510 and 5511 or who are Advanced Standing BSW student must enroll in the following class and section:

Soc-Wk 5512 - Advanced Field Practicum I 0002-FLD (42506)



The Social Work Fee

We had been waiting since mid-April for the Curators of the University of Missouri make a decision on our revamped Social Work Fee.  Formerly the Fee had been collected each academic year in the department and in order to bring the fee into compliance with UM standards the School submitted a request to the Curators last Fall.  

The fee was approved yesterday and will take effect in the fall.  Therefore students will NOT have to pay the $150 Field Education Fee as indicated in the Field Practicum application. 



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Vision Statement

UMKC School of Social Work will become a model urban, professional school recognized for its partnership within diverse communities to effectively collaborate and sustain a safe, more economically secure, and socially just quality of life.

Mission Statement

To prepare competent, advanced generalist social work practitioners to meet the needs of multi-cultural diverse populations in a dynamic mid-western metropolitan context; to be culturally proficient, ethical leaders and service providers engaged in knowledge-driven, inter-professional, multi-systemic, community-based practice; who advocate for social and economic justice, enhance human wellbeing, and support individuals’ capacity to address their own needs.


  1. To prepare culturally proficient advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to provide human services for diverse populations.
  2. To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to engage in interdisciplinary scientific inquiry, and critical thinking.
  3. To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to develop and implement multi-systemic, multi-level evidence-based practices.
  4. To prepare advanced generalist social workers that understand and identify with the social work profession and are committed to upholding the values and ethics of the profession that serve to guide professional practice.
  5. To prepare advanced generalist social workers to advocate for social and economic justice through collaboration with multi-cultural diverse communities.

Social Work Values

Social work’s core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

Social Work Mission and Purpose

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual wellbeing in a social context and the wellbeing of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.


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Bob Prue, PhD
Phone: 816.235.6308

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Heidi Updike
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